Participation. Cooperation. Social Transformation.

CERi promotes principles of participation, cooperation, social transformation and knowledge translation to lift up and strengthen the capacity of SFU’s researchers and students, to engage respectfully and ethically with community members. 

Research that supports positive community change.

Based out of the new 312 Main co-working space in downtown Vancouver, CERi is SFU's first research infrastructure developed for the purpose of extending community-engaged research to provincial, national and international communities.

Simon Fraser University’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) is a new university-wide strategic initiative of the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

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  • May 18, 2023

    May 18, 2023

    This Q&A with Tara Mahoney and Jesi Carson is an inside look at some of the big ideas and questions that will be explored at the Participedia-CERi Summer School on Radical Democracy. Tara Mahoney, (Ph.D.) is the research and engagement coordinator and postdoctoral fellow at SFU’s Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi). Jesi Carson, Participedia’s Design Technology Lead, is an award-winning design researcher and interaction designer specializing in community engagement and creative facilitation.

  • May 08, 2023

    May 08, 2023

    In this Q&A, explore how radical democracy is relevant today and take a glimpse at some of the ideas and concepts that will be covered by Participedia-CERi Summer School.

  • May 09, 2023

    May 09, 2023

    Meet Dr. Evelyn Encalada Grez, CERi's Researcher-in-Residence, who specializes in Labour Studies and is the co-founder of Justice for Migrant Workers. Dr. Grez's latest project, The Myth of Canada, sheds light on the exclusion of internationally trained physicians in British Columbia and the impact of immigration, labor, and place of origin on who gets access to professions in Canada. Her community-focused research aims to challenge the discrimination of migrant workers and promote awareness of the injustice and inequality happening in Canada.

  • April 25, 2023

    April 25, 2023

    Empowering individuals and communities to believe in their potential to make a positive impact on the world around them is what drives Khari Wendell McClelland’s work. As a creative facilitator, musician, and resident of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for nearly 20 years, McClelland’s strong desire to improve the community is what has led him to become CERi’s latest Artist-in-Residence.


  • CERi’s Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to facilitate community-engaged research through a combination of financial support, mentorship, peer learning and professional development.

  • CERi’s Community-Engaged Research Funding Program is a grant program available to SFU faculty and graduate students.

  • In partnership with Vancouver Island University, the University of Northern British Columbia, and University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library coordinates a program to provide staff of charitable and non-profit organizations in British Columbia with access to the latest research and knowledge in their fields.

  • CERi’s Researchers-in-Residence program supports and promotes SFU faculty members actively practicing community-engaged research or whose research involves CER methods. CERi is delighted to welcome Taco Niet, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, and Dara Culhane, Professor, Department of Anthropology, to the Researchers-in-Residence program. Taco will begin his journey with CERi in January 2022, and Dara will start in May 2022.

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